Wuhan Lab Director Told NIH Conference of ‘No Regulation’ on Chinese Bat

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The National Institutes of Health(NIH) hosted Wuhan Institute of Virology researchers at a 2011 conference focusing on scientific research that could pose a “significant threat” to human health – including manipulation of bat coronaviruses. At the event, the Wuhan Institute of Virology’s(WIV) Deputy Director Yuan Zhiming, repeatedly asserted that his controversial lab had “no regulation” on this form of risky research. The National Pulse has revealed exclusively.

The 2011 event was sponsored by NIH of the U.S. government and sought to provide participants with a “greater understanding” of Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC).

Yuan reiterated the sentiment in his closing remarks to the conference, commenting “there’s no regulation on the dual-use identification and classification of some sensitive information, and I think maybe later the Chinese government and the Chinese scientific community will focus on the discussion in this matter.”

The event analyzed two case studies, including a session on “science and security issues utilizing an article on a SARS-like virus as a case study.”

As noted by background material from conference documents, scientists were manipulating bat coronaviruses: One of the authors of the aforementioned paper, Dr. Mark Dension, addressed the conference to provide a brief summary of his lab’s work, revealing that his “chief collaborator and senior co-author” on the paper was Dr. Ralph Baric, a virologist in the U.S., has been collaborating with Dr. Shi Zhengli from the WIV, sharing his discoveries about how to create super viruses. This gain-of-function research has been funded by the NIH.

And recently disclosed emails show Dr. Anthony Fauci scrambled on February 1, 2020, to determine if the United States had any potential role in funding coronavirus research “abroad.”

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Principal Deputy Director Hugh Auchincloss responded to an email from Fauci, writing it is “essential” the two speak together on a scientific paper about “experiments… performed before the gain of function pause.”

“The paper you sent me says the experiments were performed before the gain of function pause but have since been reviewed and approved by NIH,” Auchincloss responded to Fauci. “Not sure what that means since Emily is sure that no Coronavirus work has gone through the P3 framework. She will try to determine if we have any distant ties to this work abroad.”

A couple months later, the man responsible for steering U.S. government funding to WIV, Peter Daszak, the president of the EcoHealth Alliance, thanked Dr. Anthony Fauci on April 18, 2020 for publicly dismissing the theory that coronavirus may have leaked from the lab.

So, did Anthony Fauci really have no idea of the experiments about gain of function in WIV?

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